2021 STEM Gift Guide

2021 STEM Gift Guide

Inspire a kid in your life to explore the world through science by giving them a science-themed gift this holiday season or any time of year! Science toys teach skills in fields like engineering, chemistry, biology, astronomy, physics, mathematics, anatomy, genetics,...

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Speaking Genetics: A Glossary of Cancer Risk Genes

Speaking Genetics: A Glossary of Cancer Risk Genes

For some, it may seem like certain types of cancers "run in the family." This can be due to shared behaviors or exposures that increase cancer risk, or an abnormal genetic change that's passed down from generation to generation. Over the past 25 years, beginning with...

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Everyday Health’s Hereditary Cancer Risk Twitter Chat Recap

Everyday Health’s Hereditary Cancer Risk Twitter Chat Recap

Several things can run in the family, including an increased risk of developing cancer. Though it's not exactly the cancer that gets passed down the family tree, but rather a gene mutation that is often the culprit in cases of inherited cancer, according to the...

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Putting Awareness Back in Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Putting Awareness Back in Breast Cancer Awareness Month

When I was little, we used to collect the lids off of yogurts with pink ribbons on them and mail them…somewhere. That may have been the first time I became aware of breast cancer. This year is my first Breast Cancer Awareness Month having actually had breast cancer. I...

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My Story: National Mammography Day

My Story: National Mammography Day

Hi there! I'm Caitlin, the Marketing and Communications Manager here at My Gene Counsel. One year ago this month, I was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 33. The irony is not lost on me that my job at a healthcare tech startup focused on accurate and timely health...

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Six Women Who Impacted Genetics

Six Women Who Impacted Genetics

Nettie Stevens (1861-1912, American) discovered that a fetus’s sex is determined by chromosomes contributed by the parents during conception. Previously, it was believed that environmental factors during conception determined sex.

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Do I Need Genetic Counseling and Testing for Melanoma?

Do I Need Genetic Counseling and Testing for Melanoma?

The majority of melanomas are a combination of environmental and sporadic factors. However, approximately 10% of all melanomas are inherited. Could the melanoma in my family be hereditary? These factors increase the likelihood that melanoma is hereditary: Some family...

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What’s Autism Got To Do With It?

What’s Autism Got To Do With It?

What does autism have to do with hereditary cancer? In most cases, nothing. But in honor of Autism Awareness Month, we want to highlight the connection between having a mutation (also known as a pathogenic variant) in a gene called PTEN and an increased likelihood of...

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